SamplenHold is a new LA-based event for boundary-pushing performance artists hosted at Downtown LA hot spot, Resident. We are honored, grateful, but also not surprised our school's founder, Yeuda Ben-Atar AKA sidebrain, was asked to perform at the first SamplenHold event last Tuesday, July 11, alongside the likes of incredible talent like Amp Live, Josh Spoon, Portrait XO, and other special guests.
On SamplenHold's event page they described sidebrain as a "mastermind of multi-genre live performance and controllerism". He absolutely lived up to the hype. Using Ableton, a MIDI keyboard, and his famous Dreamcast controller - Yeuda threw down a set full of original loops, beats, and songs all while jamming out live with his controllers in masterfully creative ways. People we're feeling the heat and we can not wait for sidebrain to release some of the new material he was previewing.
KordBod – Not Your Ordinary Chord Generator ISLA Instruments launched a kick starter for a powerful little toy called KordBod. A sleek, multi dimensional chord generator. Equipped with a two octave key board, LED display, chord modifier, a ribbon slider, a memory bank and some rotary knobs. The KordBot can be used as a step sequencer, an apreggiator and as a powerful learning device. KordBot is designed to give you easy access to a variety of chords allowing you to create a comprehensive progression on the fly. On the left side of the device you have access to the type of chord structure you’d like to play, be it a diminished 7th or a minor 9th. On the right side, you have a keyboard layout which allows you to choose the root note of your chord. On the top of the KordBot there are six chord memory pads that you …Read More
ZOOM ARQ – From Recorders to Controllers Japanese based company, Zoom, known for their high quality portable recorders, released a new performance based piece of equipment that allows the user to run free from the booth. The Zoom Arq is a sequencer, drum machine, synthesizer, clip launcher, looper, and a MIDI controller, packed into a portable ring. When looking at the ARQ, we notice two main components: the ring and the deck. Deck The base deck is essentially the brain of the machine, programmed with 468 different sampled drum sounds, 70 synthesizer sounds, and different types effect types. The samples are one shot samples meaning that what you hear is what you get. It is equipped with a 1/4 headphone jack, 1/4″ line-level outputs, a USB for MIDI, and an SD card slot which lets you save drum loops and synth sequences, and import your own sounds for …Read More
Titan Reality Pulse 3d – New Type of MIDI Controller Titan Reality just released a midi controller that follows a design concept which will become much more familiar to producers in the coming years. Plugged as the first virtual reality midi controller the Pulse is able to detect hand symbols, gestures, pressure, different percussion, (brushes, mallets, drumsticks,) and a wide range of instruments that could be played on its grid mode. The controller essentially allows you to manipulate, create, and control sounds in empty space. (Everything the theremin dreamt of being.) The project is being fully funded through Kickstarter, and you can grab your own for a little over a thousand dollars. Checkout the trial video below and the project site below that. Welcome to the future! Titan Reality WebpageRead More